Layer your Long Coat over Another Coat
Quote of the day: “Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
After we got crazy and layered a vest over a jacket last month, I had the idea of layering two coats together. For those of you in the warmer states, this may seem like pure madness. However, if you live where it gets downright cold, then you might appreciate this idea. Heck, you could even apply the concept to 2 lightweight coats for those crazy times that Florida is actually colder than Colorado.
Of course you could always layer one coat over another and not see the underneath coat, but for the sake of this post, I wanted to somehow see the second coat also.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: When I came up with this idea, I was going to showcase the two coats that I ended up wearing to Glenwood Springs.
However, since you already saw that combination, I wanted to see if I could put together another pairing. And the one I came up with ended up being another great option. The pink coat was gifted to me last December, but I was a little surprised at how lightweight it was. So by layering this pink coat over my black & white one, I felt like I could wear it when the temperatures dipped low.
Let’s talk about pastels in the winter months. I know most of us tend to reach for the darker colors but don’t you think the lighter colors are just as nice? Especially when we are talking about winter coats, the faux fur ones are quite fun. Or if pastels aren’t your gig, then there’s bright colors too that would be a change from the black coats. Just think how much easier you would stand out if you’re in a sea of dark outerwear in this red coat.
I admit that I usually wear boots in the winter, but there comes a time when I’m ready for some variety in my footwear.
Therefore, I pulled out my black flats which are definitely a basic. Since I would assume some of you feel the same way about boots after awhile, I thought I’d find some great black shoes that are modern right now. This pair is a pair I would have bought when I was working hands down. The bow on this pair makes these very fun for dressy or casual. Or this jacquard print makes for a lovely pair of flats.
The black & white coat was a hand made gift from my mother last year for my birthday. I end up wearing it quite a bit because it’s a great length and medium weight. When I wore it on the blog last, I even decorated it with brooches at the neck area.
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy was excited to wear her new polka dot coat that she just picked up on our Glenwood Springs trip at a local boutique.
She even layered it over another print coat which goes to show that print mixing is alive and well.
And I love that Nancy added a bright scarf to contrast against the coats. Most of us try to match our scarves and gloves to the coat that we are wearing, but then these matched items don’t always show up much. Instead, how fun is it to add in a red scarf to a black coat? Or why not a green scarf?
And if one of your accessories is the focal point like Nancy’s pink scarf, then the other ones could take a back seat.
Nancy’s been looking for a cross body purse so she can be hands free when we go places. I always consider this factor especially when we are travelling. If you don’t have this type of purse, then I found a pastel version, a print version, and a black version for you.
One of the best things about both of Nancy’s coats, is they are from small boutiques. The green print one is from Trendz, the local boutique that we’ve featured a couple of times.
As much as I love having what is in style, I also like to be unique. And many times it seems like the smaller stores have different or more interesting pieces.
Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: My mom went with more of a conservative approach to this idea.
She pulled out her maxi, black wool coat and allowed the print coat under it to show in the neck area.
I’m sure we all have a long, black coat since they are such a basic piece. Funny story about my old one. My mom made me one just like this when I came out here to college (many, many years ago). She even lined it with heavy, lining because unless you live here, you think it’s terribly cold all of the time. Well, it was too heavy, so after a couple of years of never wearing, I had my mom take out the lining. Then it was perfect and I wore it lots. Needless to say it’s been given away because I was much heavier at that time of my life.
I love how mom’s coat underneath almost acts as a scarf by incorporating more color to this outer outfit. And you can see how the red gloves really pop with the black coat, instead of black gloves. It’s almost like the black coat acts as a fabulous backdrop for the red pieces.
If you like your winter accessories to match each other then you could always buy them as a set too.
Keeping items for ages is probably my mother’s middle name.
For many of you, this isn’t as much an option, since we change sizes throughout our lives. However, most of us still have the same shoe size, so shoes and purses could be an exception. These reddish boots, could be considered retro since they are over 20 years old. My mom recently had them redyed because they were getting scuffed in areas.
If you’ve been following other fashion bloggers, then you might be aware that red boots are a great way to bring some color to our winter outfits. You’ll see my pair soon enough, but for those of you looking, I’m here for you. You could opt for the low heel version, the studded version (very much like my pair), or more of a outdoorsy type.
And I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that my mother made the pink print coat that she’s wearing. In fact, I have a shorter version that she made from the leftovers. On top of that you can see the remaining pieces of this material on a hat and purse that Nancy owns. We were thinking of putting together a post where all three of us wore the outfits with the same material. Does that sound interesting from a reader’s perspective?
The idea to layer your long coat over another coat or jacket may not be the first thing you think of when getting ready to go outside. But I actually think it could be a great way to be able to wear our lighter weight coats even when the temperature drops.
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In case you would like to try to layer your long coat, I found some that could work for you: